The American National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a study on August 1 illustrating the number of people who die from fire in the USA.
The study estimated that approximately 3,675 people die each year from fire (almost one every 2.5 hours).
While I can't currently find similar figures for Australia, there is quite a lot of information available from each of the fire authorities around the country.
August 1, 2006 A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) study released today found an estimated 3,675 people died in fires in the United States in 2005 - a person every 143 minutes. Although the number of fires increased 3.3% from the previous year, the overall number of fire deaths decreased by 5.8% in 2005. This was the third lowest fire death toll that NFPA has recorded since it began conducting this annual study in 1977.
As always, home fires accounted for the most fire deaths - 82% of people died in home fires in 2005. Fatalities occurring from fires in cars and other highway vehicles, as in previous years, continue to be responsible for the second highest number of fire deaths across the country. Highway vehicles were responsible for an estimated 500 fire deaths (14% of the total) in 2005. All other buildings, vehicles, and locations accounted for 145 fire deaths (4%).
For more information about this News Release, visit the NFPA web site, where you can download the full report, and hear audio clips about the study.
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